I often wonder why he isn’t a celebrated star. Probably because he is not too much into PR activities and events! However, I do feel that he is one of the most under-rated actors who seldom find a mention in Cinema. Having said that, I do know for a fact that he has his own fan following, who know him more as a humanitarian. May be that’s what is more important.
Kamal’s niche fan following includes Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and the perfectionist Aamir Khan. The late MF Husain too was in awe of him and had claimed that he found Kamal Haasan “as the most exciting Indian film-maker/actor”.
Such is Kamal’s aura.
If you take a deep look into the life of the veteran, you will learn that his aura is spread beyond cinema. He has made good use of his fan club by turning it into a social service centre that orgnaises blood donation and medical campaigns under the banner of Kamal Narpani Iyakkam meaning Kamal Welfare Association. He also uses the money that he earns through endorsements for social welfare.
Not many know that Kamal has also pledged to donate his organs that will be used by medical students for research.
He is a brand in himself, someone who has done a world of good to many poor and needy without hyping his contributions. Very much like his friend Rajini, he likes to keep a low profile.
For the world he is an actor, producer, director, screenwriter, songwriter, playback singer, and lyricist but for me he is someone on whose footsteps I would like to follow, for he is simply a great soul.
Here’s wishing the living legend a very Happy Birthday.
(Kamal Haasan celebrates his birthday on 7 November)
(The views expressed by the author are personal)
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